“Very well kept woodland, great for a dog walk and well provided in terms of picnic areas. The lakes are full of ducks and our kids very much enjoyed looking at the old trees.” – Review from Trip Advisor
Danbury Country Park – originally laid out in the 13th century as part of a private estate – offers ornamental gardens and lakes, woodland and meadows.
The park’s accessible, well-maintained tracks are popular with dog walkers and families, with plenty of seats and picnic benches to have a rest or a bite to eat.
Surviving historic structures include an ice house where before refrigerators, ice was collected from the lakes in winter and stored for the palace kitchens.
The lakeside path takes you alongside tranquil waters, where you can watch ducks, swans and carp, and past the ornamental gardens.
Late spring is a good time to see ducklings, cygnets and spectacular displays from rhododendrons in the gardens. In summer, the meadows fill with wildflowers and grasses, attracting butterflies and insects, while the woodland paths offer respite from the sun in the dappled shade of ancient oaks, hornbeams and sweet chestnuts.
8am - dusk
Danbury Country Park
25 August, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 September, 6, 13, 20, 27 October, 3, 10, 17, 24 November 2015 - Tuesday 9.30am to 3.30pm
29 August, 26 September, 24 October, 21 November, 19 December 2015 - 10am to 12 noon
12 September, 10 October, 7 November 2015 - 10am to 12noon
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Green Flag Award: Yes
Danbury Country Park runs several popular clubs for children of all ages, including Wild Wednesday, Nature Club and Allotment Club. All our children’s activities help young ones make the most of what parks can offer and build a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors.
You can fish at the most western lake in the park, south of the wildflower meadow, between 16 June and 14 March from 8.30am until dusk. Make sure you have a rod license and buy your day permit from the Ranger at the lake.
The park’s accessible, well-maintained hard-surface tracks are great for walking. There are plenty of seats and picnic benches to have a rest or a bite to eat.
The lakeside path takes you alongside the tranquil waters where you can watch ducks, swans and carp, and past the ornamental gardens.
Do you have a passion for the countryside? Try out conservation volunteering at Danbury Country Park. Take part in a range of interesting and essential activities, such as coppicing, hedge-laying and meadow-raking. Find out more about our conservation volunteers.
There are public toilets near the Woods car park and at the Garden Lake, including disabled and baby changing facilities.
Our outdoor learning team runs curriculum-linked activity days across all Essex’s country parks, designed to release children’s imagination and encourage their creativity. Find out more about educational activities at the park.
We offer a range of birthday parties from fairies and wizards to adventurous mini beast hunts. Please contact the park to discuss and book a bespoke birthday party.